All Medicare Cost plans agree to stay in the program for a full calendar year at a time. Plan benefits and cost sharing may change from calendar year to calendar year. Each year, plans can decide whether to continue for another year. A plan may continue in their entire service area (geographic area where the plan accepts members) or choose to continue only in certain areas.
Also, Medicare may decide to end a contract with a plan. Even if your Medicare Cost Plan leaves the program, you will not lose Medicare coverage. If a plan decides not to continue for an additional calendar year, it must send you a letter at least 60 days before your coverage will end. The letter will explain your options for Medicare coverage in your area.
As a member of DeanCare Gold, you have the right to request an organization determination, which includes the right to file an appeal if we deny coverage for an item or service, and the right to file a grievance. You have the right to request an organization determination if your want us to provide or pay for an item or service that you believe should be covered. If we deny coverage for your requested item or service, you have the right to appeal and ask us to review our decision.
You may ask us for an expedited (fast) coverage determination or appeal if you believe that waiting for a decision could seriously put your life or health at risk or affect your ability to regain maximum function. If your doctor makes or supports the expedited request, we must expedite our decision. Finally, you have the right to file a grievance with us if you have any type of problem with us or one of our network providers that does not involve coverage for an item or service.
If your problem involves quality of care, you also have the right to file a grievance with the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for your state. Please refer to the Evidence of Coverage (EOC) for the QIO contact information.